Cancer checks delayed as Barts struggles with Care Records System

Patients with suspected cancer have had urgent appointments with specialists delayed

Patients with suspected cancer have had urgent appointments with specialists delayed after Barts and The London NHS Trust went live with systems under the £12.7bn national IT scheme, Computer Weekly has learned.

The delays breach the government's guarantee that patients with suspected cancer will receive an appointment with a specialist within two weeks.

Barts went live in April with the biggest implementation so far of the Care Records Service, which aims to provide patients with electronic health records. The Care Records Service is a central component in the National Programme for IT [NPfIT].

But the introduction of the systems at Barts and The London NHS Trust led to 11 patients with suspected cancer not being seen within two weeks. The trust told Computer Weekly that the delays in appointments ranged from two to 31 days.

The Trust Board of Barts was told this week that the impact of the implementation of the Care Records Service across the hospital trust presents the most significant new risk since the start of the 2008/9 financial year.




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